Friday, 27 April, 2018

Tammy Duckworth becomes first United States senator to give birth in office

FIle Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday her office announced the first US senator to do so while in office FIle Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday her office announced the first US senator to do so while in office
Melissa Porter | 11 April, 2018, 14:25

The badass senator, who lost both of her legs serving in the Iraq War, is one of 10 women to have a baby while serving in Congress.

But who is Tammy Duckworth?

Not only that, but the politician is also the first member of Congress born in Thailand, with her father being a USA war veteran and her mother being of Chinese descent.

Beyond being a milestone for the (mostly male and older) Senate, Duckworth, in a January interview she gave to the Chicago Sun-Times's Lynn Sweet, described her struggles to get pregnant, including a miscarriage she suffered during her 2016 Senate campaign. In a world filled with bad headlines on an hourly basis, the historic moment of the first Senator to give birth while in office is such welcomed, wonderful news.

Born Ladda Tammy Duckworth in March 12, 1986 in Bangkok, Thailand, Tammy was the daughter of Lamai Sompornpairin and Franklin Duckworth, a US Army veteran who worked with the United Nations in Southeast Asia.

The Democrat named her second daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, with her middle name being a tribute to her husband Bryan Bowlsbey's great aunt Pearl.

Tammy's family settled in Hawaii and she attended the University of Hawaii where she studied political science. The other nine ladies had their children while serving in the House of Representatives.

When did Tammy Duckworth give birth?

When Sen. Tammy Duckworth delivered a baby girl on Monday, she made history. "When my new daughter is born, I'll be able to take paid time to care for her, but most people aren't so fortunate; they have to rush right back to work".

In his address, Duckworth thanked his family and the medical team. These include policy proposals for family-friendly airports and updates on parental leave.

"Parenthood isn't just a women's issue, it's an economic issue and one that affects all parents-men and women alike", she said in the statement. "I don't consider myself unique, because there are billions of working parents, and my children will only motivate me to do my job", she said.